Jul 29, 2016

COM Class of 2020 Gives Back to the Community During 'WE CARE' Day

The KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine's (COM) incoming class participated with faculty and staff on July 27th in what has become the University's single largest volunteer effort throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Our 2016 WE CARE Day of community service was a huge success, with 325 KCU volunteers partnering with 14 non-profit agencies to provide nearly 1,000 hours of community service — all in a single morning.

COM students and volunteers contributed in a number of ways. WE CARE activities included assisting with neighborhood beautification projects, playing Bingo with seniors at the Don Bosco Center, and serving lunch to Kansas City's homeless — complete with fresh salsa made from KCU's community garden with help from the Police Athletic League's youth members.

KCU's annual WE CARE Day of community service kicks off the first week of medical school for incoming students. Through this event, students experience first-hand the importance of giving back and of living the University's mission of "improving the well-being of the communities we serve."

Read the local coverage and visit our photo gallery.

Jul 22, 2016

KCU-Joplin Shares Progress During Hard Hat Tours

Construction on KCU's new campus in Joplin, Missouri, is well underway and on schedule. Local media and community fundraisers were invited to "Hard Hat" tours July 20th, where they were shown highlights of interior and exterior work being performed to transform the former hospital building into KCU's new medical school. The new building is designed to address student learning in the 21st century, with key areas promoting active learning experiences. These include the anatomy lab, the osteopathic manipulative medicine lab and an ambulance bay, where students will learn how to handle mass trauma.

Occupancy is slated for May of 2017, with the first cohort of 150 students arriving in July 2017. The University has been able to source $20 million of the subcontracted construction work to companies located in southwest Missouri, with nearly half of that contract value remaining in Joplin. Once fully enrolled, KCU-Joplin is expected to have an economic impact of more than $100 million to the local economy.

Read the Joplin Globe article and watch the local TV coverage on KSN.

Jul 21, 2016

Senator Roy Blunt Visits KCU For Opioid Roundtable

United States Senator Roy Blunt visited KCU on July 19, meeting with faculty and medical students on the topic of education and treatment in combating the opioid epidemic. KCU is one of 60 U.S. medical schools that has pledged to enhance education for students, who eventually will be prescribing opioids as doctors.

The University already meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for teaching pain and addiction management. Beginning in August, KCU will enhance classroom instruction by adding training in the first and second years of medical school to include medical simulation and treating of patients with particularly challenging cases.

During the roundtable, Senator Blunt shared his commitment to stemming the growing problem in Missouri and beyond, referencing the recent Senate passage of a bipartisan bill, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which would increase funding for treatment, prevention and mental health services.

Read more about the roundtable. Learn more about CARA.

Jul 15, 2016

Scientific Imagery Dazzles When Seen Through the Eyes of Jingsong Zhou, PhD

To many people, an image of a single skeletal muscle cell would hardly seem suitable for framing. But when reconstructed in 3D and colored brilliantly with blue nuclei, red mitochondria and green lysosome, the image takes on a new perspective, as science merges with art.

Jingsong Zhou, PhD, KCU research investigator and professor of physiology, recently captured this remarkable image, which is currently on display at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art East location in Kansas City, Missouri. It is part of a larger exhibit, "2016 Science to Art."

Eleven pieces of art make up the exhibit, which ranges from images of a quail embryo to water droplet dispersion to a 3D image of infant lungs. These, along with Dr. Zhou's skeletal muscle cell image, will be auctioned at the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute annual dinner on Sept. 22. Proceeds will benefit science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) education in the community. The free, public exhibit is open through Sept. 12, 2016.

Missouri Legislators Visit KCU On Biotechnology Benchmarking Tour

KCU was one of five stops in Kansas City during the Missouri Biotechnology Association's (MOBIO) week-long Legislative Benchmarking Tour to educate legislators about biotechnology and life sciences assets throughout the state.

On July 13, KCU leadership presented an overview of the University and highlighted key initiatives in our Office of Research and College of Biosciences. The tour is designed to deepen relationships between the industry and legislators in hopes of finding new priorities for the long-term good of the state and for Missouri's approach to a wide range of life sciences opportunities. Learn more about MOBIO's legislative interests.

Jul 12, 2016

KCU Hosts World Refugee Day

Several hundred people enjoyed a beautiful Saturday on our campus July 9 in recognition of World Refugee Day. Each year, the world commemorates the strength, courage and resilience of millions who have been forced to flee war and violence, leaving their homes behind. This special day, proclaimed by the United Nations, is celebrated in the United States through various local events held throughout the summer months.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and a panel of individuals from participating Kansas City agencies discussed services and support available to refugees and their families. The celebration also featured food, music and traditional dances and offered an opportunity to learn about many local organizations that work with or serve refugees in the Kansas City area.

Jul 7, 2016

COM Student Nicolina Smith Receives National Anatomy Research Award

Nicolina Smith, (COM '18), was selected from among 143 entrants to receive the American Association of Clinical Anatomists' (AACA) Sandy C. Marks Jr. Student Poster Presentation Award for outstanding research and study, and clarity of presentation.

Under the tutelage and guidance of Drs. Anthony Olinger and Larry Segars, KCU Division of  Clinical Anatomy, and Dr. Travis Kauffman, UMKC Department of Radiology, Smith presented findings from "Using Anatomical Landmarks to Avoid Phrenic Nerve Injury During Atrial Ablation Procedures."

The award was presented during AACA's 33rd annual conference held June 13 through 17 in Oakland, California. Hosted by the University of California - San Francisco, the conference provided an opportunity for students from around the world to present research in four categories: Education; Limbs and History; Torso and Neck; and Head and Anatomical Services.